IGIB New Delhi PhD Admissions 2020 January Session


The CSIR-Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology (CSIR-IGIB) invites applications from bright young individuals from diverse backgrounds with strong motivation and good academic credentials to pursue research in the frontier areas of modern biology leading to a PhD degree. The broad interdisciplinary research areas are genomics and molecular medicine, genome informatics and structural biology, chemical and systems biology, respiratory disease biology and environmental biotechnology. The selected PhD students will be enrolled into the January 2020 Session of the Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research (AcSIR) PhD Program.


Masters degree (MSc/MTech/MPharm) with at least 60% (or equivalent in CGPA) in any branch of Life Sciences/Biotechnology/Chemistry/Physics/Mathematics/Computer Science or allied subjects with special interest in Biology. BTech (in Biological sciences or other branches with special interest in Biology)/BPharm/BE/MBBS candidates with at least 60% (or equivalent in CGPA) may also apply. In addition to this, all candidates should also have obtained at least 60% (or equivalent in CGPA) in their XIIth standard board examination. Both the criteria are relaxed for SC/ST/OBC (non-creamy) candidates to a minimum of 55% in the highest qualifying exam and in the XIIth standard board examination. Candidates who are awaiting results for the highest qualifying examinations are allowed to appear, but their admission is subject to clearing all the eligibility criteria at the time of admission.

Please convert CGPA grades to percentage.


M.Sc/M.Tech/M.Pharm/B.Tech/M.Sc/M.Tech/M.Pharm/B.Tech/B.Pharm/B.E/MBBS candidates should hold CSIR-UGC(JRF)/DBT(JRF)/ICMR-JRF/DST-INSPIRE or equivalent (fellowship certificate should be valid at least till December 31, 2019 in all cases).
In case of eligible candidates with already activated JRF fellowships, the consent letter from appropriate authority for transfer of fellowship is to be submitted to CSIR-IGIB at the time of interview, otherwise the candidature is liable to cancellation.
GATE is NOT a valid fellowship to join the program for Masters degree holders. Please note that JGEEBILS/TIFR entrance exam/IISc entrance examination and similar examinations are NOT valid fellowship examinations for CSIR-IGIB. Please do not apply with these examinations as your fellowship source.

Age Limit

Upper age limit is 28 years (as on the closing date of application, October 25, 2019) which is relaxable for SC/ST/OBC (non-creamy)/physically handicapped persons as well as women candidates as per Govt. of India rules in this regard.

Application Process
  • 1. Before you decide to apply, identify the scientist you would like to work with at CSIR-IGIB and contact them. Below is a list of labs with vacancies
  • FacultyVacancyFacultyVacancy
    Hemant Gautam1Lipi Thukral1
    Rakesh Sharma1Vivek Rao2
    S Ramachandran1Bhupesh Taneja1
    Vinod Scaria1Sivaprakash Ramalingam1

  • 2. After interacting with the scientist in person/on email/on phone/ on skype etc. request a recommendation from the scientist (each candidate may submit only ONE letter of recommendation).
  • 3. Now register on the AcSIR admission portal (acsir.res.in). The portal is open from 20th September 2019 to 24th October 2019.
  • 4. Things to keep ready before starting the IGIB application process:
    • a. AcSIR Application Form Number from AcSIR portal (this should be of the format AcSIRXXXXX).
    • b. A digital passport photograph NOT more than 2MB in size.
    • c. Details of your educational qualifications (marks, subjects, university, year of passing, etc). Please convert CGPA grades to percentage.
    • d. Fellowship details
    • e. Candidates will have to submit a non-refundable application fee of Rs 1000/- [Rs 500/- for SC/ST/OBC (non-creamy) candidates]. The payment will be made through an online payment portal. Please keep your netbanking details or your card details available with you.
    • f. Recommendation letter from your proposed Guide
    • g. A succinctly written research proposal (this does not have to be related to the work you will actually do in the PhD). This will be used to evaluate your scientific aptitude. The proposal should address these points.
      • i. Title of the proposal
      • ii. Introduction on the problem.
      • iii. What is not known?
      • iv. How do you aim to solve it?
      • o A one page schematic can be hand drawn, or computer made, if needed.
      • o The total proposal can be a maximum of 1500 words (excluding the figure).
      • o The whole proposal (with figure) file should be a single PDF file.
      • o Please prepare and keep this ready before initiating the application process. This needs to be uploaded during the application process.
  • 5. Link to the application form is available the bottom of this page.
    • a. Please fill in your Gender and Category before you proceed to fill up the date of birth or your qualifications.
    • b. In case you have made a mistake please refresh or close the tab. Refreshing the page or pressing back button of browser will reset all the details you entered. You can restart the process again to complete the registration process successfully.
    • c. During the application process you will be required to upload your research proposal and the recommendation letter from the proposed Guide.
    • d. After filling in the first step of the application process, you will be led to a page to confirm the details. Please check the details carefully.
    • e. Once you have confirmed the details, you will be redirected to the payment gateway. Payment amount will be determined as per the criteria given above.
    • f. Once payment is successful you will be redirected back to our site for the transaction and registration details.
    • g. You will get your admit card in your registered email address following this.
    • h. In case the payment is made and you have not obtained your registration details, please DO NOT initiate another payment.
    • i. If you have any difficulty or confusion please email us at phd19@igib.in

Selection Process

All candidates fulfilling minimum eligibility criteria will be invited through email for appearing in the interviews at CSIR-IGIB, Delhi, to be held on 23rd November 2019. The interviews will be aimed at evaluating abilities to comprehend, analyse and reason along with the aptitude of the candidate in biological sciences. Candidates will also be evaluated with special focus on their research proposal that they submit at the time of application. The candidates should be ready to make a short 10-minute presentation (no slides, white board only) based on their research interest and research proposal.
Candidates finally selected will have a mandatory interaction session with the scientists of the Institute.
Admission Process

  • 1. The names of the successful candidates eligible to join CSIR-IGIB PhD program will be declared on or before 15th December 2019.
  • 2. The selected candidates are required to join CSIR-IGIB before 26th December 2019.
  • 3. Admission into the CSIR-IGIB PhD Program of AcSIR is subject to the verification of all documents defining eligibility. Non-fulfilment of the eligibility criteria will result in cancellation of the candidature at any stage of admission process without any refund of the application fees.
  • 4. At the time of joining/admission all selected candidates are required to pay a non-refundable CSIR-IGIB admission fee (Rs 10000 for general category and Rs 5000 for SC/ST/non-creamy OBC candidates).
  • 5. Following this all selected candidates are required to pay the first semester tuition fees to AcSIR through the AcSIR portal (acsir.res.in) before 31st December 2019.


  • 1. No TA/DA will be paid at any stage of the selection process.
  • 2. The decision of the Admission Committee will be final and binding and no correspondence will be entertained in this regard. Canvassing of any form and/or bringing in any influence will be treated as a disqualification.
  • 3. In case of eligible candidates with already activated JRF fellowships, the consent letter from appropriate authority for transfer of fellowship is to be submitted to CSIR-IGIB at the time of interview, otherwise the candidature is liable to cancellation.

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